Maduro gives up on going to the UN General Assembly

There is room for all of us inside Venezuela, said Nicolás Maduro

There is room for all of us inside Venezuela, said Nicolás Maduro

  |  Miraflores Palace/Reuters

In his place, the Venezuelan government will send Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and Chancellor Jorge Arreaza.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced this Friday, 13, that he give up his speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly later this month in New York. The decision comes amid a chronic crisis of 'chavismo' and rumors that he would be suspicious of a possible coup attempt by allies. "I will not go this year," said Maduro. "I will stay here working with you, safer and more relaxed."

In his place, the government will send Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, and the chancellor Jorge Arreaza. The two pledged to bring to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, a petition featuring 12 million signatures against US sanctions on Venezuela. According to Maduro, the text will show the world "the truth of what happens" in the country.

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